My 5 P.M. appointment was an Exotic Septuagenarian, and did she ever take me for a ride!!!

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana

 

My 5  P.M.  appointment was an Exotic Septuagenarian, and did she ever take me for a ride.  

 

 

My recent 5 PM appointment was a brief break from real estate as the Collings Foundation stopped off at the Purdue University Airport in West Lafayette, Indiana to give the community a chance to view and even ride some living history from World War II:  three bombers and perhaps the most beautiful fighter plane ever built.

 

My 5 pm appointment was a ride in the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber best known for its desperate and one way mission in April 1942 in the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo.

The raid did little damage but it was a huge moral builder during a desperate time when Japan was unstoppable in its Pacific conquests.

 

 

 

The B-25 bombers and their crews accomplished more than they would ever know as it forced the Imperial Japanese Navy to strike Midway Island six weeks later leading to their disastrous defeat at The Battle of Midway which was the turning point in the Pacific War in June 1942.

 

 

 

As a real estate broker in West Lafayette, Indiana it was amazing to view the different subdivisions from the air from my 5 pm appointment to fly in the B-25 Mitchell bomber.

 

 

 

University Farm Subdivision (left)  in West Lafayette home to about 600 households and the Arbor Chase Subdivision (right) and its 2 acre pond lined by executive homes to the west and patio homes to the east.

 

We flew at a couple of thousand feet at 160 knots north to White County and observed the endless farm crops in Tippecanoe and White County:  corn, beans, and wind!!!!

 

 

 

We can not even begin to thank and respect enough these brave men who flew in such confined quarters for missions that lasted for countless hours over heavily defended airspace in North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

 

Why even some lithe high school kids had to "suck it in" to get through this very tight passage through the bomb bay rack in the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber.

 

For those of you wondering YES, I did make it through!    ^_~

 

 

 

The famous Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a main attraction and a very popular plane for visitors to ride in!  Those engines purred like a kitten!

 

The B-17 was incredibly sturdy and known to survive incredible punishment from flak and enemy fighters.    

 

 

The heavily armed B-17 bomber could pack 13 fifty caliber machine guns and yet it was still no match for the Luftwaffe fighters.

Before the long range fighter escorts later in the air war over Germany the odds were against a bomber crew reaching 25 missions.

 

 

 

 

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was actually the unsung hero of the US heavy bomber fleet during WW II as it had a greater range and bomb payload than the more famous B-17.

 

 

 

 

The famous P-51 D Mustang helped win the air war over Germany with its incredible long range, maneuverability, and speed!

 

If the Collings Foundation comes to your community with its historic World War II airplanes you just might have the opportunity to FLY the most beautiful fighter ever built, and you don't even have to have a pilot's license!

Cost?  It is $3,200 for an hour and 80% of the cost is tax deductible.

 

 

 

 

Oh by the way, for those of you of a certain age do you recognize the likeness of the movie star pictured here?

You can also fly this beauty without a pilot's license for an hour.  The question is did I or didn't I . . . .  or was I just a passenger?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (195)

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bruce, love this post and all the great photos! Now, did you fly the plane or where you a passenger?????

Nov 14, 2018 08:19 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Rebecca, I ended up being a passenger on the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, but they will be back at the Purdue University Airport next August and I may give it a try then!!!

Dec 20, 2018 05:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Bruce! You know I had to stop by and wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 04:08 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thank you very much, Debe!!!!

Dec 25, 2018 04:49 PM
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Bruce, we miss these posts. Please do your groove thing for all us fans!

Feb 25, 2019 09:53 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thank you Gwen Banta !    Hmmmmm. . . . . . .   and speaking of exotic septuagenarians . . . . . . . . . ,  but alas you are only 39!!!

Mar 31, 2019 01:16 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Walter - If you find the time, I would absolutely love reading a post about what the Fourth of July means. Your wisdom is to be shared to make better readers and learners of US History. 

Thanks, Bruce.

Jun 09, 2019 03:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Walter - I wanted to be sure to stop by to wish you a Happy Father's Day. 

Jun 16, 2019 05:49 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Patricia, thanks for your visit and kind comment.  I hope to get in the writing mood soon.  It has been a while . . . . .

Oct 07, 2019 12:38 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you for thinking of me.  Did you hear this past week that the B-17 bomber that I went through in this post at the Purdue airport, Nine O Nine, crashed shortly after take off at a Connecticut airport killing seven people?  It was devastating news to hear!

Oct 07, 2019 12:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Walter - So sorry! I'm just now reading the news about "Nine O Nine!" How devastating! Such a great loss too. 

Let's hope 2020 will be better and the economy stronger than ever. I wish you good health and may all you're wishing for come true.

Jan 01, 2020 10:06 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

February 16 - Bruce Walter - Just checking in with you. Hope you're doing well this winter. Stay healthy, happy, and hopefully, wealthy!

Feb 16, 2020 05:16 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bruce you are overdue for a new post, or are you trying to break a new record how many comments you can get?:)Endre

Jun 26, 2020 10:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Walter - As always, I love when you unexpectedly pop by to read one of my blog posts. Knowing that you have extensive knowledge and expertise in History, I can only imagine what you're thinking about today's current affairs. I also noticed after I post my comment today, you'll only need eight more comments to hit #200! That's awesome!!!

I hope you really do have a safe and happy 4th of July. 

Jun 27, 2020 09:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Walter - As always, I love when you unexpectedly pop by to read one of my blog posts. Knowing that you have extensive knowledge and expertise in History, I can only imagine what you're thinking about today's current affairs. I also noticed after I post my comment today, you'll only need eight more comments to hit #200! That's awesome!!!

I hope you really do have a safe and happy 4th of July. 

Jun 27, 2020 09:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Bruce.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 07, 2020 05:23 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Patricia, thanks so much for your visits and I always enjoy reading your thoughtful missives here on AR.

Oct 01, 2020 12:27 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Endre, thanks for your visit and comment.  Someday I'll get around to writing another post!

Oct 01, 2020 12:29 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Roy, this year has gone so fast.  Hope all is well with you and your family!

Oct 01, 2020 12:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Bruce.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Nov 27, 2020 06:35 AM